After a lot of resident feedback — including a petition organized by Carla Saulter — Metro’s 27 bus route will continue serving Colman and Leschi Parks under the newest iteration of proposed service changes.
However, service will be decreased to one bus an hour on weekends, which is about half of what it is today. The 27 will also turn on Boren and travel downtown via Spring/Seneca to replace service currently performed by the 2 (which would be routed down Madison instead). The 27 will then be linked downtown to the 33 continuing to Queen Anne and Magnolia. This means there will be a one-seat ride from the CD to Discovery Park (not the reason they made the change, but an interesting side effect).
Changes proposed in November called for the 27 to only serve between downtown and 12th Ave except during peak hours. Analysis by the Seattle Transit Blog showed that ridership is very peak-oriented, and the segments with strong ridership (basically between downtown and 23rd) have parallel service via the 14 on Jackson.
However, opponents to the changes noted that many important neighborhood destinations (like Douglass-Truth Library) would no longer have bus service to downtown, and people who live on steep grades in Leschi would be essentially cut off from bus service.
During public outreach in November 2011, Metro heard that loss of transit service during off-peak hours along E Yesler Way and in the Leschi neighborhood would isolate some riders from transit service because steep grades would prevent access to alternative service on nearby arterials. These riders also want to continue to be able to travel north and south on Third Avenue.
A lot of neighborhood attention has since shifted to the 2, where there is much disagreement about shifting the route to Madison. Joanna, who has been working in opposition to the Route 2 changes, has posted more information. See also Seattle Transit Blog’s write-up about the changes.
There will be a series of public meetings in February discussing the changes, including one at Washington Middle School 6 p.m. February 27.
More details on the 27 revisions: